Ja­cob ar­rives at sec­ond in no time

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVIDSON

En­durance, fit­ness and con­cen­tra­tion.

Three key skills when you are rac­ing at full speed for 12 min­utes around a dirt track with six jumps and Ja­cob Klaus proved he has them all af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all at Labour Week­end’s All Ter­rain Ve­hi­cle (ATV) Na­tion­als.

The 14-year-old Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent who is a mem­ber of the Pate­tonga Club has only been rac­ing a short time but has al­ready made a big im­pres­sion with his skill and con­sis­tency on the track.

‘‘ There are seven races at the na­tion­als and you get points, first gets 25, sec­ond 22, third 20 and so on. On the Satur­day I did four races and got three thirds and a fifth, on Sun­day I did three races and got a sec­ond, a third and a fourth,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all about hav­ing a re­li­able bike and ac­tu­ally fin­ish­ing, per­form­ing con­sis­tently at the event. Some peo­ple are re­ally good but they don’t have a re­li­able bike.’’

And then there is the abil­ity to cope with pres­sure and ad­just tac­tics.

‘‘You have to know how to han­dle the bike, know­ing the right place to pass,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s about pick­ing your moment, fol­low­ing the oth­ers, keep­ing right be­hind them and putting the pres­sure on. When they are un­der pres­sure they make mis­takes.’’

Cur­rently rac­ing in the 12-16-year-old cat­e­gory, Ja­cob plans to be around for a while.

‘‘The next one up is premier/ open ex­pert. When you turn 15 you can move up a class but I’ll prob­a­bly stay in 12-16. My aim is to go to the North Is­land Champs next year, then the Na­tion­als again.’’

But his ul­ti­mate goal is to race over­seas.

‘‘ It is pop­u­lar in Aussie and Amer­ica, it’s re­ally big in the USA. Even­tu­ally I would like to go there. I just en­joy the sport.’’

ATV: Ja­cob Klaus on his Honda TRX300EX.

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